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What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Stay in Touch With ... Aromatherapy: Scents of Place
By Kelli Lene, NCTMB
One of the most important investments you can make in your practice is developing your "sense of place." Sense of place goes beyond creating an atmosphere; it's established through client experiences and connection of feelings.I can teach a class full of technicians the exact same spa protocols, with the exact same tool box of products, then come back in a year and each will have created completely different spa experiences for their clients. Well-planned combinations of protocols and products allow us to build the synergy of experience that defines our uniqueness as a spa provider and this valuable sense of place.
We are very aware of the five basic senses in the spa profession; a balanced spa protocol will engage all five.
Each of our product tools involves one or more of these basic senses. For example: we utilize exfoliates that are extremely tactile, stones that are visual, teas that are tasteful and specific music to immerse our client into a full sensory experience. However, the strongest impression we make will be by aromatherapy through the sense of smell. Essential oils are the paints of our spa tool box. Since essential oils have strong physiological, pharmacological and psychological components, they are a vital component in designing any spa experience.
The goal in my own practice is to make sure that from the moment a client walks into my treatment area and long after they leave, they are cocooned with a sense of well being. This defines my "sense of place." The following are some examples of typical smellscapes I design for my clients in the summer.
When the heat index goes up, my aromatherapy protocols naturally turn to treatments that will cool and revitalize drained clients. My first addition is to use an aromatic room mist to spray my table set-up right before I start a session. This not only sets the smellscape, but also forms a cooling sensation when the client lies down. I receive many complements when I utilize a spray of water and a pre-blended citrus synergy (e.g., orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime). This choice delivers a clean and inviting smell that greets my clients and sets the tone of safe haven. These oils are uplifting, centering and pleasant air cleaners. Using the citruses as a room spray allows me to take full advantage of these properties without risking the photosensitivity which is sometimes a concern with using citruses full body. Finally, these oils are top notes so they will disperse quickly from a client's mind, to make way for the next smellscape.
One of my most popular services is custom blended oils for the client's massage experience. This involves a pleasurable consultation where the client helps me create their synergy based on what is going on in their life and their goals. I then blend two ounces of oil, using about one ounce in the massage and sending the rest home with the client. I tend to blend by trinities (three oils at a time) or use pre-blended synergies. I find this keeps the blending interesting for the client without overwhelming them. An example of a summer favorite is a relaxing blend of four drops each of geranium rose, lavender and roman chamomile into two ounces of a light massage medium. All three oils are middle notes (heart notes) and together will resonate like a calming hum throughout the massage. This blend is not only very soft and tranquil; it also helps pharmacologically with wind- and sun-tortured skin, which is so prevalent in the summer. If your client needs or desires a more substantial blend, you can replace the roman chamomile for two drops of Sandalwood which is a base note. This will add weight to the experience and enhance the meditative aspect of the massage.
I conclude all my sessions with a blessing of oils. In the warmer months, I like to deliver the finishing touch as a reviving and cooling sensation on the feet, neck and temples. My favorite aromatherapy treatment is to blend eight drops of orange and four drops of peppermint in one ounce of a fast-absorbing base and briskly rub it into the feet. Then, I promptly apply the mixture into their neck and temples, making sure to stay away from their eyes. I close with placing my hands in front of the client and instructing them to take several deep breaths. As a final touch, I serve water garnished with slices of orange and sprigs of mint. These particular aromas are chosen for their refreshing effects and I can't think of a better state in which to send my clients, and me for that matter, back into the challenging world that awaits.
A client probably won't remember what you said, they might not even remember what you did, but I promise they always will remember how they felt when they were with you. Aromatherapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to establish a sense of place, by allowing us to create the strongest essence of place.
Kelli Lene attended the Austin School of Massage in El Paso, Texas, and the East Tennessee School of Cosmetology. She has extensive experience as a massage therapist and spa technician. She can be reached at "> .
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